Friday January 3, 2014
When Cole Davis founded Keystone RV in 1996 his vision was clear: Build a quality RV loaded with features priced thousands less than other RVs on the market. To accomplish his goal, Cole would recruit and build a strong team, focus on keeping overhead low, and empower the people closest to the customer to make decisions.
Within a few short months after opening the doors, Keystone produced its very first camper—the wood framed, aluminum-skinned Sprinter. Delivering big on quality, features and value, the public fell in love with Sprinter and a star was born.
As the appetite for Sprinters skyrocketed, new Keystone models were added to satisfy growing customer demand. Along with this tremendous growth came the need for expanded production. To meet this need more manufacturing plants were built and staffed. By the beginning of 2000, Keystone was leading the industry in fifth wheel and trailer sales. Today, Keystone RV Company has grown to encompass over 1 million square feet of manufacturing space with facilities in Goshen, Indiana and Pendleton, Oregon. While Keystone is no longer the small “start up” we once were, our mission has remains true to Cole’s vision—“Do the job right and make sure we deliver a quality product every time.”
From new floorplan designs to patented inventions, Keystone leads the way in product innovation. One reason is our mission to stay close to the customer. When talking with campers or visiting dealerships, our sales, product development and service teams are always looking for ways to improve the camping experience. And we don't stop there.
Ask us if we camp? Every member of the Keystone family is encouraged to contribute to making our campers absolutely the best possible. Through something we call Kamp Keystone, our employees camp free of charge at local campgrounds in the Keystone trailers we supply. Each year our team enjoys a few days (or a week) camping at Kamp Keystone. Their evaluation of the experience and the feedback they provide results in continued product improvements. Ask us if we use our RVs...the answer is YES!
Keystone is one of Elkhart County's largest employers. We are honored to play a major role in the community through our support of various agencies and volunteerism. For example, year in and year out Keystone employees lead the County in United Way contributions helping thousands of individuals enjoy a better quality of life. Through our association with Big Brothers Big Sisters we have been privileged to provide many young people with a "first time ever" opportunity to enjoy a camping experience. And our ongoing support of those who serve in the military enables us in a small way to pay back the debt we owe our veterans.